Poll: Most Americans oppose ‘designer babies’

first_imgMost Americans oppose altering genes of unborn babies to prevent serious inherited diseases and, especially, to enhance the baby’s appearance or intelligence, according to a new poll conducted by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers and STAT. Despite the opposition to altering genes before birth, many of those polled looked favorably on gene therapy to treat such diseases as Huntington’s disease or cystic fibrosis in children and adults.“They’re not against scientists trying to improve [genome-editing] technologies,” Robert Blendon, Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health and Political Analysis, said in a February 11, 2016 STAT article. Perhaps they realize there one day may be a reason to use such technologies, but for now, “people are concerned about editing the genes of those who are yet unborn,” he said.Many of the 1,000 adults polled reported knowing little about “germline editing”—changing the genetic characteristics of unborn babies. “If people don’t know too much, it appears to be a very high-risk thing to do, messing around with the genes of unborn babies,” research scientist John Benson, who helped analyze the poll results, said in the STAT article.The poll is part of a monthly collaboration between STAT and Harvard Chan to explore emerging issues in health and medicine and gauge Americans’ views on the issues. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Study finds first molecular genetic evidence of PTSD heritability

first_imgA large new study from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium provides the first molecular genetic evidence that genetic influences play a role in the risk of getting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after trauma.The report extends previous findings that showed that there is some shared genetic overlap between PTSD and other mental disorders such as schizophrenia. It also finds that genetic risk for PTSD is strongest among women.The study was published online April 25, 2017 in Molecular Psychiatry.“We know from lots of data—from prisoners of war, people who have been in combat, and from rape victims—that many people exposed to even extreme traumatic events do not develop PTSD. Why is that? We believe that genetic variation is an important factor contributing to this risk or resilience,” said senior author Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health who leads the Global Neuropsychiatric Genomics Initiative of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute.PTSD is a common and debilitating mental disorder that occurs after a traumatic event. Symptoms include re-experiencing the traumatic event, avoiding event-related stimuli, and chronic hyperarousal. In the U.S., one in nine women and one in twenty men will meet the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis at some point in their lives. The societal impact is large, including increased rates of suicide, hospitalization, and substance use.The new study builds a strong case for the role of genetics in PTSD, which has previously been documented in studies of twins. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Circle K International to make a comeback at Saint Mary‘s

first_imgFor those looking for service opportunities at Saint Mary’s, volunteering organization Circle K International (CKI) is staged to make a return this semester.According to its website, CKI is the world’s largest collegiate service program, with more than 13,000 members.Recently, however, CKI at Saint Mary’s has been struggling for membership. Sophomore Carina Garza, president of Saint Mary’s’ CKI club, said she was motivated to refocus and revamp the organization’s presence at the College this year.“This academic year, sadly, the people who were in charge didn’t put it first, so there were no meetings, no events,” Garza said. “Saint Mary’s’ [CKI] was basically inactive, which was very sad because the [CKI] district governor of Indiana … is a Saint Mary’s student. She is a senior. It was sad to see that the governor of Circle K Indiana was in a school whose home club was inactive.”Garza said she first got involved in CKI when district governor McKenzie Quinn reached out to her and encouraged her to help revive the group at Saint Mary’s.“She told me, ‘Hey, you know we need to bring Circle K back. Would you be interested?’’’ Garza said. “At first, I felt obligated to do it, because I have known her forever. We just had a convention this weekend which was held here with all Circle K groups.”Garza said the convention helped her renew her interest in the organization“I’m excited to see our Circle K come back up,” she said. “It was really upsetting to not have a group or a club this year, but I’m really excited to see what I can do for the club and what I can do for the new members, because I really learned a lot this weekend at that convention. … I ended up falling in love with it. I am president of the club now, and for the next year.”Garza said she believes the organization’s message is relevant in the South Bend community and encourages students to get involved.“Circle K is a national organization,” Garza said. “ … We are about leadership, fellowship and service, we do everything we can to partner up with any service group that surrounds our area like the food bank. [We] help out with them — there is the La Casa de Amistad on the West Side, there is the Ronald McDonald house.”The organization helps teach students valuable life skills, preparing them for life after graduation, Garza said.“We learn how to become leaders, so it helps us in the real world after college,” she said. “The fellowship is us being around people who care about the same things that we care about, and those who want to help others.”Garza said she quickly embraced the Circle K mission.“At first I was doing it because I felt obligated to do it, and now I’m just in love with it,” she said. “I love Circle K. I love what we are about, and I really hope that people feel the same way I do about Circle K.”Though clubs at Saint Mary’s provide many different ways to serve in the community, Circle K International offers the unique opportunity to serve alongside a multitude of other organizations, Garza said.“I feel like the service organizations on campus focus on really one place,” she said. “ … There are people who only go to the food bank or people who only Ronald McDonald House or just Hannah’s House. I feel like we don’t really have any other service groups on campus that do what we do, because we try to go to every place. We want to help out the entire South Bend community.”Garza said serving South Bend is how she shows gratitude to the community.“Without South Bend, there is no Saint Mary’s,” she said. “We owe them, and this is how we are going to pay them back — through helping them out and thanking them.”Garza said she believes the club not only benefits the students and the community at large, but also helps promote sisterhood at Saint Mary’s.“The [Saint Mary’s] sisterhood kind of deals with fellowship,” she said. “ … I feel like Circle K is a great example of that. … You have the people that are in Circle K that love doing service that want to do the things that you like doing too, and it brings them together.”Circle K will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Warner Conference Room.Tags: Circle K, City of South Bend, Community Servicelast_img read more

Get a Glimpse at the Wicked Cool Woodsman Coming Off-Broadway

first_imgThe Woodsman, the critically acclaimed that offers up an inventive retelling of the origins of Oz’s Tin Woodsman has a shiny new star that’s coming off-Broadway. Here’s a first look at the central character, based on the writing of The Wizard of Oz’s L. Frank Baum. As you can see, the Tin Woodsman is part puppet, part human actor. Think Wicked meets The Lion King (on a much smaller scale). Hard to look away, isn’t it? Catch the show, which begins performances on January 27 and officially open on February 7 New World Stages. View Comments The Woodsman Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016last_img read more

Apple Pay Cash launches

first_imgApple launched its person-to-person (P2P) payments service, Apple Pay Cash, riding on top of Apple’s iMessage, thereby joining a long list of other tech companies who also offer P2P, including PayPal, Square, Venmo, Facebook, Google, SnapChat, Zelle, PopMoney, and several others. With this service, Apple is hoping to generate new P2P users in a demographic that typically shied away from P2P apps more popular with younger users, and possibly spur increased use of Apple Pay, the tap-to-pay capability of iPhones and Apple Watches.But Apple Pay Cash faces several obstacles.  For example, Zelle, a P2P offering from a few credit unions and big banks, which allows payments to be directly sent from and deposited into bank accounts (versus Apple’s version which leaves received money in an Apple Pay Cash account) will be launching a multi-million-dollar marketing blitz this quarter. Also, Venmo, a P2P app wildly popular with millennials and Gen Z, has been experiencing double and triple digit growth, moving over $9 billion among Venmo users in just the last quarter. On the surface there doesn’t seem to be any incentive for a Venmo user who is also an iPhone user to switch over to Apple Pay Cash, leaving behind their network of friends and family who already subscribe to Venmo.Unique features of Apple Pay CashDespite its competition, Apple Pay Cash does have some unique features. The funding source to send money is any card already loaded into Apple Pay, giving Apple Pay Cash an already existing base of potential users with existing cards. There are no charges for using a debit card, and a 3% fee for using a credit card. continue reading » 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Student-led team spread message of ‘togetherness’ with bracelets amid pandemic

first_imgAdditionally, it proceeds benefit “Americares”, a national organization, which helps frontline workers amid the pandemic. The company’s slogan is: “Together we are stronger. Together we are one.” (WBNG) — A team of Southern Tier students, named Unify 2020, designed bracelets with a circle charm in the middle. The charm represents “togetherness.” The bracelets are sold to students and their families across the country on Etsy and the proceeds benefit the United Way of Broome County, “We chose something unique, like a bracelet,” he says. “Anyone can wear [it] and its kind of unique in its color because its blue, which is suppose to represent calmness and tranquility.” Founder and Executive Director of Unify 2020 Alex LaClair says he wanted to do something that unified people everywhere. To get your own bracelet, click here.last_img read more

Person tests positive for virus, visited Topper Eatery and Saloon

first_imgOfficials say anyone at the location at 1001 Union Center Maine Highway in Endicott on July 10 from 9:30 p.m. to midnight should self-quarantine until July 24. ENDICOTT (WBNG) – The Broome County Health Department is warning anyone who found themselves at the Topper Eatery and Saloon in Endicott on July 10 to self-quarantine after a person there tested positive for COVID-19. This latest warning comes after a string of other positive cases announced Thursday at Pete’s Legacy Diner in Vestal, the Church of the Holy Family on Phyllis Street in Endwell, and the Olive Garden on the Vestal Parkway. Symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, fever and shortness of breath. Health officials did not release whether the person in question was an employee.last_img read more

The ninth edition of the PLACE2GO fair has been announced from March 13 to 15

first_imgThe fair will, among others, for the first time host exhibitors from Argentina and Cuba, and visitors will be able to interactively participate in lectures via a mobile application, in addition to travel discounts and participation in prize games. Hardened travelers eager for new destinations will be able to exchange tourist guides, but also refresh themselves in a specially arranged Wine Square dedicated to indigenous local wines. It is worth mentioning the cooperation with the Ministry of Culture on an interesting project Cultural routes of the Council of Europe that pass through Croatia, and which will be presented in one place at the fair. Also on the big screen of the main stage will be the premiere of the video exhibition “Eternal Waters: Life and Beauty. Croatian share in the European heritage ”which was designed on the occasion of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of Europe. The general sponsor of the fair for the seventh year is Turkish Airlines, and the official carrier of the Fair is the company Rent a Car Sixt. The first day of the Fair is traditionally reserved for accredited business visitors for whom a rich and informative program has been prepared which will take place on the main stage in the Arena and the surrounding premises for maximum networking and new business opportunities. The ninth edition of the international fair PLACE2GO will be held from March 13 to 15 in the Zagreb Arena and will bring together tourism professionals from around the world, novice travelers, but also seasoned travelers, in short all people connected by a love of new people, cultures and landscapes. . “What I have learned by organizing the Fair all these years is that we never know what new challenges we will have to deal with. So this year, in addition to improving the program and finding new exhibitors, we also had to deal with the challenge of the corona virus. But I am glad to say that everything is going according to plan and I am sure that the ninth edition of the PLACE2GO fair will be the best so far. “, announced the originator and director of the PLACE2GO fair Damjana Domanovac. Goran Rihtarić, director of EX-Alto, organizer of the B2B day of the PLACE2GO fair, pointed out the following: “Given that Croatia is a regional tourism leader, it is no coincidence that BRAND USA, as the umbrella American tourism organization, has recognized Croatia as a partner in promoting the United States as a tourist destination. A step in that direction is the premiere screening of the documentary “America’s Musical Journey”, which will be held at the B2B day of the PLACE2GO fair under the auspices of the US Embassy. It will be a good opportunity for all tourism professionals to learn first-hand about the approach to branding the U.S. as a global tourism leader.” Rihtarić concluded. last_img read more

Mixed messages as sports world backs US protesters

first_imgHard-line Olympic stance That shift in FIFA’s position could easily create headaches at some point in future as administrators wrestle with the subjective standards of “context” and “common sense.”The FIFA edict would already appear to contradict rules put in place by the United States Soccer Federation. US Soccer — which this week posted a “United Against Racism” message across social media — introduced a regulation in 2017 requiring players to “stand respectfully” during the playing of the US national anthem. The USSF rule was introduced after Rapinoe knelt in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who ignited controversy in 2016 after refusing to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in an effort to draw attention to racial injustice.While FIFA has indicated a willingness to adapt with the times, the International Olympic Committee remains on a collision course with athletes who may be inclined to protest at next year’s Tokyo Games.In January, the IOC issued an updated set of guidelines regarding athlete activism, outlawing any kind of demonstration on the medal podium or field of play.The ban included any display of political messaging, including signs or armbands, hand gestures or kneeling or a refusal to follow the protocol of medal ceremonies.The enhanced regulations followed incidents at the Pan American Games in Lima last August, where US hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden protested on the medal podium. Berry raised a clenched fist salute after winning gold in her event. Imboden knelt on the podium after winning a bronze.Both athletes were subsequently reprimanded by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, given probation for 12 months and warned that any repeat could face harsher punishment. But the chorus of concern has, in several cases, highlighted a sharp contrast between the solemn statements of support and how some sports bodies view protests by their own athletes.In Germany, three Bundesliga players including Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Schalke’s US midfielder Weston McKennie were placed under formal investigation by the German FA (DFB) for protesting against racism during matches last weekend.Sancho marked his goal by removing his shirt to reveal a t-shirt with the slogan “Justice For George Floyd” — the African-American man whose death during an arrest by police in Minneapolis last week triggered the wave of US protests. McKennie wore a black armband with the message “Justice for George.” German authorities said they were obliged to investigate the players because of longstanding FIFA regulations which forbid footballers from displaying any “political, religious or personal” messages on their kit during games.Yet all players under scrutiny were told Wednesday they will not face punishment.That followed a statement from FIFA which appeared to mark a clear softening of the previous stance, with the world football governing body stating that leagues should now consider the “context” of each protest and apply “common sense.” FIFA President Gianni Infantino later went even farther.”For the avoidance of doubt, in a FIFA competition the recent demonstrations of players in Bundesliga matches would deserve an applause and not a punishment,” Infantino said. If Megan Rapinoe decides to take a knee at next year’s Olympic Games, she could get a reprimand.If she does it at the women’s World Cup in 2023, she could get a round of applause.Over the past week, athletes, sports teams and leagues have expressed solidarity with protesters demanding an end to systemic racism and police brutality in the United States.center_img Topics : Apology wantedUnsurprisingly, both Berry and Imboden were scathing this week as USOPC chief executive Sarah Hirshland issued a statement pledging that the organization “stands with those who demand equality.” “I want an apology letter .. mailed .. just like you and the IOC MAILED ME WHEN YOU PUT ME ON PROBATION,” Berry said in response to Hirshland’s remarks. “Stop playing with me.”Imboden also brushed off Hirshland’s statements.”The USOC and its CEO are claiming to be supportive of Equality and supporting Black athletes,” Imboden said. “I’m white, I don’t want an apology. I want proof.”Global Athlete, a pressure group which advocates on behalf of athletes around the world, believes the IOC’s approach to protests is already obsolete.”From our perspective, it’s humans first, athletes second,” Global Athlete director general Rob Koehler told AFP. “Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. “To say an athlete can’t use their platform when they’re unpaid workers coming to the games, bringing all the revenues in, and they can’t use their voice to express about a cause that is important to them, is outdated and out of touch.”Koehler said sports organizations expressing solidarity with athletes needed to back words with deeds.  “To all these sporting organizations, including the USOPC, that are coming out now — actions speak louder than words,” Koehler said. “If you’re going to come out with statements supporting athletes speaking up, then you need to back that up by changing rules, to allow them to use their voice or their actions to promote social justice or any cause they believe in.”Koehler is pessimistic that the IOC will relax its stance, unless there is concerted pressure from athletes, the public and sponsors.”I’m not confident at all that the IOC will change,” he said. “But I think athletes will. All it takes is for the most high-profile athlete at the Olympics to do it, and let’s see what the IOC does.”last_img read more

More than 160,000 students pass 2020 entrance test for state universities

first_imgA total of 167,653 students have made it into the 85 state universities across the country after passing the 2020 state university entrance test (SBMPTN), as announced on Friday.“There were 167,653 students accepted, or 25 percent of the total number of applicants,” Institution of University Entrance Exams (LTMPT) head Mohammad Nasih said on Friday, as quoted by tempo.co.This year, 702,420 students applied for the test, with 662,404 of them attending the computer-based exam (UTBK) in person. The exams were held in two batches, from July 5 to 14 and from July 20 to 29.The UTBK was held at 74 test centers in cities across the archipelago under health protocols such as rapid antibody tests before the exam, body temperature checks, face masks, face shields and gloves and cutting the number of participants in each room and the number of sessions to two from four sessions a day.Nasih added that among the accepted students, 44,554 were beneficiaries of the Indonesia Smart Card (KIP), a government program providing cash assistance to students from low-income families to buy school supplies. (aly)Topics :last_img read more